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War in the Pacific

War in the Pacific

The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theatre of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and East Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China (including the 1945 Soviet-Japanese conflict).

It is generally considered that the Pacific War began on December 7th, 1941, on which date Japan invaded Thailand and attacked the British possessions of Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong as well as the United States military bases in Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam and the Philippines. Some historians contend that the conflict in Asia can be dated back to July 7th, 1937 with the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China, or possibly September 19th, 1931, beginning with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. However, it is more widely accepted that the Pacific War itself started in early December 1941, with the Sino-Japanese War then becoming part of it as a theater of the greater World War II.

The Pacific War saw the Allied powers pitted against the Empire of Japan, the latter briefly aided by Thailand and to a much lesser extent by its Axis allies, Germany and Italy. The war culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and other large aerial bomb attacks by the United States Army Air Forces, accompanied by the Soviet invasion of Manchuria on August 8th, 1945, resulting in the Japanese announcement of intent to surrender on August 15th, 1945. The formal and official surrender of Japan took place aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd, 1945. Following its defeat, Japan's Shinto Emperor stepped down as the divine leader through the Shinto Directive, because the Allied Powers believed this was the major political cause of Japan's military aggression and deconstruction process soon took place to install a new liberal-democratic constitution to the Japanese public as the current Constitution of Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Class Battleship - Mutsu [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Class Battleship - Mutsu [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Mutsu named after Mutsu Province, was a dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at the end of World War I. She was the second ship of the Nagato class.  In 1923, a year after commissioning, she carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Shikishima Class Battleship - Shikishima [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Shikishima Class Battleship - Shikishima [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Shikishima ("Scattered Islands") was the lead ship of her class of two pre-dreadnought battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy by British shipyards in the late 1890s. During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, the ship fought in the Battles of Port Arthur, the Yellow Sea and Tsushima and was lightly damaged in the latter action, although shells prematurely exploded in her main guns in the latter two engagements.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Nagara Class Light Cruiser - Nagara [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Nagara Class Light Cruiser - Nagara [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Nagara was the lead ship of her class of light cruiser in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after the Nagara River in the Chūbu region of Japan. Nagara was laid down on September 9th, 1920, launched on April 25th, 1922, and completed at Sasebo Naval Arsenal, and commissioned on April 21st, 1922.

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US Navy Iowa Class Battleship US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63) (1:1250 Scale)

The Iowa-class battleships were four battleships constructed by the United States Navy in the 1940s for use as escorts for the Fast Carrier Task Forces operating in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

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US Navy Essex Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Essex (CV-9) [With Collector Magazine] US Navy Essex Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Essex (CV-9) [With Collector Magazine] (1:1250 Scale)

USS Essex (CV/CVA/CVS-9) was an aircraft carrier and the lead ship of the 24-ship Essex class built for the United States Navy during World War II. She was the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato (1:1250 Scale)

The Yamato class battleships were battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) constructed and operated during World War II. Displacing 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) at full-load, the vessels of the class were the largest, heaviest, and most heavily-armed battleships ever constructed. The class carried the largest naval artillery ever fitted to a warship, nine 460-millimetre (18.1 in) naval guns, each capable of firing 2,998-pound (1,360 kg) shells over 26 miles (42 km).

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US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39), 1915 US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39), 1915 (1:1250 Scale)

Japanese aircraft appeared in the skies over Pearl Harbor just before 8:00 am on Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941. The color detail was on deck in anticipation of raising the flag at the stern at 8:00. The Arizona came under attack almost immediately, and at 10 minutes after the hour received a hit by a 800-kilogram bomb just forward of turret two on the starboard side.

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US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63), 1944 US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63), 1944 (1:1250 Scale)

USS Missouri (BB-63) is an Iowa-class battleship and was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named after the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and is best remembered as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan, which ended World War II.

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US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Hornet (CV-8), 1940 US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Hornet (CV-8), 1940 (1:1250 Scale)

USS Lexington (CV-2), nicknamed "Lady Lex", was the name ship of her class of two aircraft carriers built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy's first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, which essentially terminated all new battleship and battlecruiser construction.

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US Navy Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Lexington (CV-2), 1925 US Navy Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Lexington (CV-2), 1925 (1:1250 Scale)

USS Lexington (CV-2), nicknamed "Lady Lex", was the name ship of her class of two aircraft carriers built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy's first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, which essentially terminated all new battleship and battlecruiser construction.

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US Navy South Dakota Class Battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59), 1941 US Navy South Dakota Class Battleship - USS Massachusetts (BB-59), 1941 (1:1250 Scale)

USS Massachusetts (BB-59) is the third of four South Dakota-class fast battleships built for the United States Navy in the late 1930s.

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US Navy Iowa Class Battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) - Shakedown, Sea Trials and Battle Practice, US Eastern Seaboard, 1944 US Navy Iowa Class Battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) - Shakedown, Sea Trials and Battle Practice, US Eastern Seaboard, 1944 (1:700 Scale)

USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States, and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

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US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Enterprise (CV-6) US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Enterprise (CV-6) (1:1000 Scale)

USS Enterprise (CV-6) was a Yorktown-class carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1930s. She was the seventh U.S. Navy vessel of that name. Colloquially called "The Big E", she was the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. Launched in 1936, she was one of only three American carriers commissioned before World War II to survive the war (the others being Saratoga and Ranger).

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US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Yorktown (CV-5) US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Yorktown (CV-5) (1:1000 Scale)

USS Enterprise (CV-6) was a Yorktown-class carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1930s. She was the seventh U.S. Navy vessel of that name. Colloquially called "The Big E", she was the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. Launched in 1936, she was one of only three American carriers commissioned before World War II to survive the war (the others being Saratoga and Ranger).

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US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1941 [Full Hull Version] US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1941 [Full Hull Version] (1:700 Scale)

Japanese aircraft appeared in the skies over Pearl Harbor just before 8:00 am on Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941. The color detail was on deck in anticipation of raising the flag at the stern at 8:00. The Arizona came under attack almost immediately, and at 10 minutes after the hour received a hit by a 800-kilogram bomb just forward of turret two on the starboard side.

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US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63), Signing of the Japanese Surrender, Tokyo Bay, 1945 [Full Hull Version] US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63), Signing of the Japanese Surrender, Tokyo Bay, 1945 [Full Hull Version] (1:700 Scale)

USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States, and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato, Operation Ten-Go, Okinawa, 1945 [Full Hull Version] Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato, Operation Ten-Go, Okinawa, 1945 [Full Hull Version] (1:700 Scale)

The Yamato class battleships were battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) constructed and operated during World War II. Displacing 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) at full-load, the vessels of the class were the largest, heaviest, and most heavily-armed battleships ever constructed. The class carried the largest naval artillery ever fitted to a warship, nine 460-millimetre (18.1 in) naval guns, each capable of firing 2,998-pound (1,360 kg) shells over 26 miles (42 km).

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Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato, Operation Kikusui Ichigo, Okinawa, 1945 [Waterline Version] Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato, Operation Kikusui Ichigo, Okinawa, 1945 [Waterline Version] (1:700 Scale)

The Yamato class battleships were battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) constructed and operated during World War II. Displacing 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) at full-load, the vessels of the class were the largest, heaviest, and most heavily-armed battleships ever constructed. The class carried the largest naval artillery ever fitted to a warship, nine 460-millimetre (18.1 in) naval guns, each capable of firing 2,998-pound (1,360 kg) shells over 26 miles (42 km).

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